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Notes: Darius Slay sets NFL-best mark vs. Panthers

Since entering the league, no one is better at breaking up passes than Darius Slay

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Darius Slay wasn’t at his best against the Carolina Panthers. He gave up a few completions and probably would’ve given up a few more had Devin Funchess not dropped a handful of others. He did have one of the best plays of the day, running down rookie receiver D.J. Moore and preventing a touchdown.

However, early in the game, Darius Slay notched a pass breakup—the first of what would be two against Cam Newton—and with it, he surpassed both Robert Alford and Brent Grimes for the most pass breakups by an NFL player since the 2013 season—Slay’s rookie year.

Slay now has 83 pass breakups in exactly 83 games played (74 games started). That’s even more impressive when you consider Slay only had five passes defended in his rookie year.

Last season, Slay led the NFL in both passes defended (26) and interceptions (8). While he’s off to a much slower start this season (9 passes defended, t-9th; 2 INTs), his consistency throughout the past few years shows he’s still one of the best corners in the league.

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